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  1. Updates for Thursday 23 March 2017
  2. Drug error 'contributed to woman's death'
  3. Burst water pipe fixed, say Severn Trent
  4. 'Oldest photo studio' images on show
  5. Road reopens after fire behind takeaway
  6. London attack: Council flies flag at half mast

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By Khia Lewis-Todd

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Live updates for Derbyshire and East Staffordshire have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

East Midlands weather update: Clearer spells tonight

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

There’ll be clearer spells tonight with cloud increasing from the south in the early hours. 


RBS and Natwest banks across region set to close

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Hundreds of jobs will be lost following a  decision to close almost 160 RBS and NatWest branches  across the country.  

RBS has blamed a "dramatic shift" in banking, with branch transactions falling 43% since 2010.

In the same period, online and mobile transactions have increased by more than 400%.

These Derbyshire branches are set to close:

  • Ashbourne
  • Belper
  • Dronfield
  • Matlock
  • Ripley 
  • Staveley

An RBS spokesman said: "The role of the branch is fast moving to a centre for advice, away from basic transactions. While the branch will still be a core part of our offering to customers, inevitably some branches will have to close." 

Police appeal to trace man after dog attack in Alvaston

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Police have launched an appeal to trace a dog walker after a dog and his owner were attacked in fields behind Noel Baker School in Alvaston.

A man and his wife were walking their Cavalier King Charles spaniel dog (pictured below) on Tuesday at about 11:50 when it is alleged the dog was attacked by one of two "Pit Bull" type dogs that were on leads being walked by a man.

Derbyshire Police said while attempts were made to separate the two dogs, it is then alleged the man was bitten on the arm by the same "Pit Bull" type dog.

The Cavalier King Charles spaniel dog was forced to visit the vets and has been taking medication, while the owner has received treatment for bite marks on his arm.

Man bit in Alvaston
Derbyshire Police

The dog walker police wish to speak to is described as being white, 50 to 55 years of age, about 6ft 2ins tall with a large build. He was said to be wearing "walking" type clothes and Wellington boots. 

Derby pupils on London trip diverted away from Parliament

Andrew Strachan

Reporter, BBC Radio Derby

Pupils at Gayton Junior School in Derby were due to be at Westminster at the time of yesterday's attack. 

Five members of staff and 20 children had just visited the Imperial War Museum - and were due to go to the Houses of Parliament, but were diverted away as news of what had happened spread

Gayton Primary

The headteacher Jo Chapman says the children were kept safe and parents were informed.  

Your photos: Clear skies over Chesterfield

BBC Weather Watchers

It's a beautiful day in Chesterfield this afternoon. 

This photo of the Heage Windmill was taken by Viki the Blue.

Viki the Blue

London attack: Fire and police HQ fly flag at half mast

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Both flags at the joint headquarters for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and Derbyshire Police are flying at half mast to honour the victims of yesterday's attacks.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Ashbourne youngsters lend a helping hand

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

It seems you're never too young to lend a helping hand - just look at these little 'uns from Ashbourne Hilltop Nursery...

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Hospital visits restricted over norovirus symptoms

Rory Gallimore

BBC Radio Derby

A number of patients at Queen's Hospital in Burton-upon-Trent are reporting symptoms of norovirus. 

The trust that runs the hospital is restricting visits to patients on ward five to prevent the infection spreading further.

Queens Hosp

It's warned the virus can be potentially fatal for vulnerable people.  

Burst water pipe is fixed, Severn Trent say

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Severn Trent has now confirmed that the water pipe in Mansfield Road is fixed and they are beginning to get the road back to normal.

However, they have said the road will not reopen until "at least Monday".

Water main
Severn Trent

Emergency bus service launched after burst water main

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Notts & Derby Buses has said today it will be providing a shuttle bus from Chester Green to and from Derby city centre due to the continued road closure from Sunday's burst water main.

The service will run between 08:00 and 18:00 daily and 10:00 to 16:00 on Sundays until further notice. 


These shuttle buses will run every 20 minutes from Chester Green Road, via the ring road and will stop at bus stop C7, Derwent Street in the city centre.  

Trent Barton bus services back to normal

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Buses can run as normal now the road in Alfreton has reopened...

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Alfreton fire due to 'electrical fault'

Dave Wade

BBC Local Live

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Alfreton fire
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Kymberley Holden inquest: Prescription error 'significantly contributed' to death

Navtej Johal

East Midlands Today reporter

A coroner has recorded a narrative verdict into the death of 27-year-old Derbyshire woman  Kymberley Holden , a multiple sclerosis sufferer who an inquest heard was prescribed 10 times the correct dosage of a painkiller before her death.

The coroner told the inquest: "I cannot and do not find that prescription error by Dr Axten caused Kymberley's death but I do find it made a significant contribution."

Kymberly holden
Family photo

Miss Holden's father and brother said that they are "satisfied" with the coroner's findings and conclusions, but are considering a civil case.  

Kymberley Holden

Derby photographers find images dating back to 1852

Greig Watson

Reporter, BBC News Online

Newly-restored photographs are going on display to mark a restoration project.

WW Winter (Walter William Winter) in Derby had been organising its 150th anniversary when staff found images dating back to 1852.

Walter William Winter with family members

The firm has been in the same building since 1867, however it appears to have began 15 years earlier in a shed just metres away.

Many of the images have been rescued from dumps found in the building's cellars.

WW Winter
WW Winter

London attack: 'Derby stands with London'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Derby City Council was also one of many local authorities and organisations to hold a minute's silence this morning.

They added on Twitter : "Derby stands with London."

City Council

London attack: Derby City Council flies flag at half mast

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Derby City Council has lowered their flag to fly at half mast to pay their respects to those affected in yesterday's  attack in Westminster.

city council
Derby City Council

London attack: Burton MP returns to Parliament

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

London attack: Derby North MP praises security services

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Derby North MP Amanda Solloway, who was in Parliament at the time of yesterday's attack,  has praised the response of the security services - but says the simplicity of the attack makes it hard for officials to know how to respond.

"It's just one of those incidents that you cannot legislate for, and I think of those poor people on the bridge," she said.

"How can you legislate for that? It's awful."

Amanda Solloway

Burst water main works 'pretty much there'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Remember this?

Residents were woken in the middle of the night by the sound of the water main burst

Now Severn Trent has said they are "pretty much there" with the repairs to the  water main in Chester Green, which burst on Sunday .

Repairs have taken longer than expected due to complications with the curve in the pipe.

The water company said it won't be long before work starts on getting the road back to normal.

Burst water main
Severn Trent

Alfreton fire: 'Dampening down going to take some time'

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Wayne Brooks, from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, is the station manager at Alfreton.

He said the emergency services need to keep the road closed for now.

"We have got the main areas of flame extinguished," he said. 

"We are looking at dampening down and that's going to take some time into the morning, causing disruption to the traffic in Alfreton."

Alfreton fire
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

Alfreton fire: Trent Barton bus diversions in place

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Important to note if you were planning to catch a Trent Barton bus this morning... 

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Alfreton fire: Four fire engines still at scene

Heidi Booth

Journalist, BBC Radio Derby

Four fire engines are still at the scene behind the New Bengal takeaway on King Street. 

The road closure is causing long delays to traffic heading towards the M1.

According to Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, the occupants of the building were woken by their fire alarm before they evacuated. 

Fire Alfreton

Watch: Firefighters tackle fire behind takeaway

Heidi Booth

Journalist, BBC Radio Derby

Watch: Road closed after takeaway fire in Alfreton

Travel: Fire behind takeaway closes A61 in Alfreton

Heidi Booth

Journalist, BBC Radio Derby

One road is closed in Alfreton because of a fire behind a takeaway on King Street. 


Watch: East Midlands weather outlook

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Here's how it's looking today... 

Good morning: Join us for today's live updates

Khia Lewis-Todd

BBC Local Live

Good morning, Derbyshire and East Staffordshire. Welcome along to Thursday.

I'll be with you today with the region's news, sport, weather and travel. 

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